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Tempe Seeks Public Input On Transition Plan For People With Disabilities

The City of Tempe is developing an Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan, and they’re seeking public input. Sidewalks, parks, public rights of way are just some of the items being reviewed during the first of three phases of the evaluation.

Michele Stokes is the ADA compliance specialist with the City of Tempe. She says an ADA Transition plan was required when it first came out in the 1990s but things have changed.

"The ADA came out with an update, which is the 2010 ADA standards, and so we wanted to see how we were, where we were with compliance on the 2010 ADA," she says.

Subsequent phases will cover city facilities, communications and the city’s emergency management plan. Stokes says the public is invited to attend an open house next week.

Editor's Note: The headline has been updated to reflect that the meeting is about the ADA Transition Plan.

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.